masters studies

Number of applicants to international degree programmes at the University of Oulu increased

Altogether 2314 applicants submitted their applications to the international degree programmes during the first joint application period, which ended 22 January, 2020. The number increased by about 24 percent from the previous year (2019: 1870). University of Oulu received applications from over a hundred countries around the world.

Applicants were able to choose from 17 two-year master’s programmes and one five-year programme starting from bachelor level. Two-year master’s programmes received 2214 applications, and the five-year programme in Intercultural Teacher Education received 100 applications. Applicants had the ability to apply for up to six programmes. Altogether 375 study places are available in international programmes starting in autumn 2020.

Computer Science and Engineering (398 applications), International Business Management (339 applications), and Wireless Communications Engineering (266 applications) received most applications. Most growth in application numbers was seen in the following master’s programmes: Architecture (51%), Wireless Communications Engineering (41%) and Software, Systems and Services Development in the Global Environment (41%).

“Finland and Finnish higher education attracts applicants around the world. Our aim has been to reach motivated and best candidates for each programme though targeted marketing. We’re delighted to see that the reputation of ICT research at the University of Oulu, as well as our marketing efforts, has had an effect on our applicant number”, says Marja Jokinen, the University of Oulu Communications and Marketing Director.

University of Oulu, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi were the first universities to participate in the national joint application to international higher education 8 – 22 January, 2020.

“We’re happy that despite the new form of a shorter application window, we received a greater number of applications than last year. We’re continuously developing the applicant journey, and it shows in the results”, says Anne Talvio, Development Manager at the Academic Affairs.

Similar to previous years, the majority of applications was received from Pakistan, followed by Bangladesh and India. The number of applicants from EU and EEA countries grew from 2019, and the percentage is 14.2%. More in depth figures will be available at a later date.

Student selections for the international programmes will be published in the beginning of March, after which the selected students will confirm their study places. Students from non-EU/EEA countries are subject to pay tuition fees for their studies in Finland.  It is possible for the applicants to apply for a scholarship covering 50-75% of the tuition fee in the University of Oulu Scholarship Programme.


Last updated: 23.1.2020